Ovarian Cancer Treatment
By Shannon Burford
Treatment for ovarian cancer usually involves a combination of surgery and chemotherapy. Radiotherapy can be used, but it is not common. The type and duration of treatment depends upon the stage and severity of the cancer.
Surgery for Ovarian Cancer
After a diagnosis is made, the first treatment for ovarian cancer is usually an operation called a laparotomy. The laparotomy is an operation to remove the tumor site and can also be used to confirm the diagnosis of cancer.
The laparotomy involves cutting through the abdomen and removal of as much of the tumour as possible. If the biopsy confirms that the tumour is cancer, the operation will continue and will involve removal of the ovaries, fallopian tubes, the uterus, the omentum, the appendix and some of the lymph glands in the area. Sometimes it may be necessary to remove some of the bowel as well.
Chemotherapy for Ovarian Cancer
The word “naturopathy” is a broad term used to describe a natural medicine physician trained in the areas of western herbal medicine and natural therapies. The practice of naturopathy is also known as alternative medicine, integrative medicine or natural therapies in Australia. Naturopathy includes a multimodality approach, incorporating nutrition (which includes diet and lifestyle modification and vitamin and mineral therapy), herbal medicine, homeopathy and iridology. Iridology is often used as a diagnostic aid to compliment the other tools. Physical therapies may also be employed, including therapeutic massage and remedial massage. A naturopath should be eclectic, using a mixture of these therapies, or specialise in one or more. The key is to tailor the consultation and treatment to the individual patient.
The symptoms expressed by an individual in a state of disease are produced by the body in an attempt to heal. The naturopath’s first task is to identify any factors in the patient’s diet, lifestyle or environment that may be contributing to the problem and to assist in removing them. If any therapy is given, it should aid what the body is trying to do to assist the body to balance again into a state of health. The naturopathic approach aims where possible not just to remove the symptoms but also to remove the reason for the symptoms.
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